Department of Defense Education Activity

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2018.


Schools operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity use WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener Online (for Grades 1-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELs during the annual testing window, which typically takes place from mid-December through early March. Please visit the ESOL Assessment Page on the DoDEA website for more information.

Testing Dates

11/23/22-3/3/23 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
11/23/22-12/13/22 Receive test materials at schools
12/5/22-2/10/23 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
12/12/22-3/3/23 Test Window
By 3/6/23 Ship materials back to vendor
By 3/17/23 Deadline for DRC to receive test materials to be included in regular reporting timeline
On 5/15/23 Schools receive reports – Online
6/6/23-7/7/23 Schools receive reports – Printed

Requirements and Resources

See below for state-specific information and resources related to ELL assessment, including your state’s ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, where you can find each step in the ACCESS testing process from beginning to end.

ACCESS for ELLs Online Checklist

Professional Learning

To access online professional learning for DoDEA educators, go to the “Professional Learning” tab in the WIDA Secure Portal (login required).


Valen A. Cayetano
Assessment Specialist, Assessment Division
(571) 372-1877

Dr. Ashley Karlsson
ESOL Instructional Systems Specialist
(571) 372-6001

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact us for questions about training materials, test administration procedures, classroom resources, or for problems with your WIDA Secure Portal account.
(866) 276-7735
M-F 8am-5pm CT (Apr-Oct)
M-Th 7am-7pm CT, Fri 7am-5pm CT (Nov-Mar)

Logging In

WIDA Secure Portal
Use the WIDA Secure Portal to access test training manuals and resources, as well as online professional learning modules.

Please contact the following to obtain new WIDA Secure Portal accounts:

  • ESOL teachers should contact their District ESOL Instructional Systems Specialist.
  • School test coordinators should contact their District Assessment and Accountability Instructional Systems Specialist.
  • District ESOL Instructional Systems Specialists and District Assessment and Accountability Instructional Systems Specialists should contact Lear Cook at

For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at or call (866) 276-7735.